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Coventry: Re-elect Dave Nellist
In the 3 May local elections Coventry Socialist Party councillor Dave Nellist will be seeking re-election.
Few people have won as much support and respect among working class people in Coventry than Dave and the Socialist Party. This respect arises from the decades of work and struggle both have conducted throughout the city; work and struggle that has intensified over the last 12 months as the temperature of class struggle has increased.
Socialist Party councillor Dave Nellist on the Youth Fight for Jobs Jarrow March 2011 launch demonstration in Jarrow, photo Paul Mattsson (Click to enlarge)
Dave is the sole voice on Coventry council for the ordinary people of Coventry and the only vote of opposition to the Con-Dem government and Labour council's draconian attacks on jobs and services.
At the 30 November pensions 3,000-strong Coventry strike rally, there were huge cheers for Dave's speech of support and solidarity but heckles from hundreds of council workers as the Labour council leader attempted to convince workers he was on their side.
This year Dave has already forced the council back on a whole range of issues: forcing the council to drop and refund the doubled bill it had dumped on some town centre residents for their parking scheme, and forcing the council to host a meeting of city trade union youth, campaigns, and students to discuss a strategy to campaign against the tripling of students fees, axing of EMA and to fight for jobs for the city's young people.
The battle to get Dave re-elected has started, with multiple weekly canvassing sessions taking place. There are mass canvasses of St Michael's ward organised on Sunday 19 February, 18 March, 1 April, 15 April, 29 April.
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